Helpful tips on cleaning windows in your house

Most of us are probably knee deep in spring cleaning right now, and some may be putting off cleaning the windows. Window cleaning is time consuming and can be difficult, but here is some advice on getting those windows clean.

The truth is window cleaning benefits any house. Not only does it help make the house's appearance more aesthetically pleasing, but it also helps remove grit and grime that builds up on both the inside and outside surfaces. Glass left unclean can become etched over time and look hazy.

Angie Hicks recently talked to Angie's List members about spring cleaning and what they plan to tackle. 50% say they are going to be doing some spring cleaning with a third of those respondents saying cleaning the windows was at the top of their list.

If you live in a one story house you may want to do the job yourself to save money. But a two story home may be too difficult and time consuming to clean alone.

Angie Hicks from Angie’s List recommends, "If you are looking to save a few bucks you can still hire a window cleaner but consider dividing the job up. You can tackle the first floor windows that don't require special equipment and leave the second story to a professional because they'll have the proper ladder."

It's recommended you wash your windows twice a year preferably in the spring and fall. Additionally, consider where you live.

Matt Swales works for a window cleaning company. He says, "The environment that the house sits in has a lot to do with how often they may want them cleaned. If the house sits in a wooded area or near construction that is blowing dirt across on it, those owners may want their windows more cleaned more often than a homeowner who’s in a more established neighborhood with not as many trees or forest near it.”

According to, window cleaning services generally charge $2.00 to $7.00 per pane.

For a 2,200-square foot home with 28 panes, the price would average $56 to $196.

Swales explains, "Cost are determined by an on site estimate. We walk around the house, determine how many upper and lower windows there are and how hard they are going to be to access. [We look at the] actual type of window and how the framing of it is. All of those go into to determine what the final cost will be."

Angie Hicks has advice on hiring a window cleaner. She says, “When interviewing potential companies always ask about a guarantee. Many window washing companies will offer a money-back guarantee if you're not 100% happy. Some will even offer a rain guarantee. So if it rains within a certain amount of time after the windows have been cleaned, they'll clean them again."

It's important to ask what types of chemicals and tools are used during the cleaning process, especially if your windows are tinted. In addition, many companies will clean with eco-friendly materials upon request. The type of cleaning solution and equipment you need varies according to the type of windows you have.

With dozens of types of glass, windows often require special cleaning agents. Using the wrong one could be ineffective or cause damage.

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